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DeBois Series Review

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I received this review of my DeBois crime murder mystery series from one of my fans in Des Moines, Iowa.DeBois book set

I promised to write a review about the books I just read.
I just finished reading the five books of the DuBois series
By author Sue Raymond:
It’s a series that involves murder, crime, espionage, love,
Religion, family and mystery. You start with book one and it’s so good you can’t put it down and leaves you wanting more.
It’s also about different areas like, New York and Iowa and the sites around Iowa. I recommend these books to anyone who loves to read.

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UPDATE ON IOWA AUTHOR FEST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ SHORT STORY CONTEST

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First of all, we apologize for the long period of time it took us to process the contest entries. Some already know some of this information; we received a whopping 93 entries this year. Out of these, we narrowed them down by the rules; high school student, font size and style, word count, and double spacing.
We then split those that were left into two groups; closest to the word count and alternatives that was slightly under the word count. The judges looked at the story content, grammar, and continuity. Each judge picked the top three and honorable mentions. Each story was rated and the numbers tallied. The highest tally was the first place and so on.
Letters are going out to all of the students this week to let them know their standing in the contest. The work on the anthology is in progress and the available date will be posted for the contestants and their family.
We want to thank all the students, teachers, and parents for the great participation in the contest.
Side notes about the participates: there were 35 boys and 55 girls, from over 26 high schools represented from around Iowa. We did have one seventh grader send a very good story, meeting the other criteria, but was not eligible because she was not in high school, bummer. We invite her to enter the contest when she becomes a high school student.

Pre-Orders for Invasion of the Soul- Eater in Mim

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Oh my gosh!! I can’t help myself! I MUST do a cover reveal of the Charlie Kadabra, Last of the Magicians, series book three. It’s called Invasion of the Soul-Eater in Mim. It’s coming out this month. Only a few more days until the pre-order begins! I will keep you posted.

Senior Graduation

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My granddaughter just brought home the booklet of things they want you to buy  the seniors for high school graduation. Now this does not include the cape and gown nor senior pictures. Would you believe it? They are charging over a dollar per piece for the tissue paper that goes in the announcements. Hmmm. Well I guess we are going to be creative with the announcements along with the other items. I and a friend are fair photographers so we took over 200 pictures for her senior pictures. So out of pocket cost this week $60.00 for cape and gown and maybe a pair of sweat pants.  Maybe need to go on a trip to a jewelry store to put a class ring on layaway in the near future because what they offer is ugly.

I feel sorry for the families that do not have even the $60.00 for the cap and gown as they no longer rent the gowns. $60.00 for you child to walk across the platform to receive their diploma is outrageous. Thank the Lord there is some places that exchange for so many hours of community service, the senior can earn their senior pictures. It’s too bad that the well off families do not have to do community service for the same items. Do not get me wrong, I know that there are some well off families that indeed  volunteer in their community. But we ALL could do more.